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Perceptions of active ageing in Britain: divergences between minority ethnic and whole population samples

Bowling, Ann (2009) Perceptions of active ageing in Britain: divergences between minority ethnic and whole population samples Age and Ageing, 38, (6), 703 - 710. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afp175).

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Design and setting: cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys of older people living at home in Britain.Measures: active ageing, health, psych-social, socio-economic circumstances, and indicators of quality of life.Results: respondents defined active ageing as having health, fitness, and exercise; psychological factors; social roles and activities; independence, neighbourhood and enablers. The ethnically diverse sample respondents were less likely to define active ageing as having physical health and fitness, and were less likely to rate themselves as ageing actively, than more homogeneous sample respondents. The lay-based measure of quality of life used was independently and consistently associated with self-rated active ageing in each sampleConclusion: Policy models of active ageing were reflected in lay views, although the latter had a more multidimensional focus. Lay definitions of active ageing were also more dynamic, compared with definitions of quality of life and successful ageing. Differences in self-rated active ageing and perceptions of this concept by ethnic group need further exploration

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e-pub ahead of print date: 24 September 2009
Published date: November 2009
Keywords: active ageing, ethnicity, old age, quality of life, successful ageing, elderly, quality-of-life, older age, model, satisfaction
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 334532
ISSN: 0002-0729
PURE UUID: ba5cd71c-6859-42d6-9257-0ba48d6de787

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2012 13:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:11

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Author: Ann Bowling

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